What’s best food for your Goldfish?
Goldfish need food that is a combination of carbohydrates and vitamins to help them grow and fight disease. They particularly need vitamin A to make their colors look bright. They do need protein but just about 12% so that they can build muscle. In natural habitat, Goldfish mainly feed on plants. They eat a fiber diet that includes algae, grasses and aquatic plants in natural environment. Thankfully you do not have to sweat much to provide them with equivalent nutritional needs because you can get it off shelf! These processed food available at pet stores include:
This is one of commonly available goldfish foods, especially made for them and it consists of brine shrimp. It is easily eaten by Goldfish and helps in avoiding a particularly fatal sickness called Air Bladder Disease.
This is also flake food with brine shrimp but it’s packaged as a pellet. The only problem with pellets is that it sometimes swells in goldfish’s stomach and makes it lose its balance. This is what is Air Bladder disease.
This includes live food that is frozen. You have an array to choose from as in frozen brine shrimp, daphnia, tubifex worms or mosquito larvae. This will come frozen in slabs from which you have to break off bit-by-bit and hand-feed your goldfish. You can also opt for Freeze-dried foods, which includes Krill, Pacific plankton, brine shrimp and bloodworms.
If you really want to make food for your goldfish and you have time you can do so. You will find that their favorites are lettuce and peas. Take any type of lettuce, which would be easy for goldfish to chew on and digest. Wash and rinse lettuce in warm water and just clip it inside tank with a lettuce clip. Do not cook lettuce. As for peas, cook them till they are soft and refrigerate them. At feeding time, peel off skin and mash a pea between your fingers and drop it in tank. Do make sure peas are soft or you could end up bloating your goldfish. Goldfish enjoy plant food and that’s why you can see them happily nibbling away at Anacharis and Romaine lettuce or pieces of cucumber and zucchini which you should make sure to clip on to tank with a suction cup clip